A lot of works are set in One Million BC
. However, some works just do a few episodes in prehistory, while mostly in other eras. When this happens, they usually have a prehistoric animal be an ancestor of the characters in the show.
However, most writers only know a few types of dinosaur
. When they don't think they can pass off any of them as the ancestor of their character, they tend to use either and "Xsaurus", "Saber-toothed X", "Xdactyl", "Xraptor" or "CaveX". May also sometimes occur in modern-day set dramas involving mutated animals.
characters are usually neanderthals unless they are antagonists.
Note that this includes both portmanteaus
or mix and match critters
of a modern-day animal and a prehistoric animal. May intersect with
Artistic License – Paleontology
open/close all folders
- The "Cave Cat" segment of Garfield: His 9 Lives shows Garfield as a saber-toothed housecat and Odie as a giant green saber-toothed dog.
- After Man: A Zoology of the Future has saber-toothed weasels and monkeyraptors
- Man After Man: An Anthropology of the Future has saber-toothed humans and ground slothmen.
- The book "Science Made Stupid", a parody of children's science books, has a Puppisaurus in a sidebar about mammal-like reptiles (the group did exist, albeit as a group of animals increasingly closely related to true mammals, but it didn't include a Puppisaurus).
- Similar puns fill up the out-of-print children's book, "Dodosaurs: Dinosaurs That Didn't Make It".
Live Action TV
- In Power Rangers Time Force, the Quantum Ranger had a dinosaur mecha called the Quantasaurus Rex, or Q-Rex for short. The Mirai Sentai Timeranger version was simply the V-Rex. Power Rangers Megaforce would later recycle the Q-Rex name for its dino mecha in homage to the original.
- Power Rangers Dino Thunder called its main mecha combination the Thundersaurus Megazord.
- One episode also had the Rangers' class at a paleontology dig, and when Kira tried to get Dr. O's attention she claimed that she found a "morphasaurus" fossil.
- Dino Thunder's counterpart does a similar play on the Japanese word for dinosaur(s), "kyoryu"; calling their dino-like mecha "bakuryu" ("blastosaurs").
- The title panel of this Garfield strip has Odie as a Dogasaurus.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time has a reference to this in the prehistoric level, called "Prehistoric Turtlesaurus". No actual tutlesaurus appear, but funny enough, you fight Slash (who kind of looks the part) as a boss in the SNES port.
- Aerodactyl from Pokémon is a cross between a gargoyle or a wyvern and a pterodactyl.
- The Flintstones sometimes makes vague references to creatures like a "chickensaurus"
- Scrat from Ice Age is a saber-toothed squirrel. However, he is actually based on Leptictidium.
- The Future Is Wild features a saber-toothed wolverine, a caracararaptor, and a turtlesaurus (specifically named a snowstalker, carakiller, and toraton).
- The Looney Tunes short Prehistoric Porky shows Porky to be descended from a cavepig, while Pre-Hysterical Hare shows Bugs to be descended from a saber-toothed rabbit.
- The Tom and Jerry short "Prehisterics" has Tom as a saber-toothed housecat and Jerry as a cavemouse. During the short they encounter a giant saber-toothed rabbit.
- The Sponge Bob Square Pants episode "Ugh" has Spongebob, Patrick, and Squidward as a cavesponge, caveoctopus, and cavestarfish, with Gary as a giant snailsaurus.
- Dino Squad has many examples. Most of the mutated creatures created by Victor Veloci were mutated mixes of modern day and ancient creatures. Only the Dino Squad were 'perfect' creatures.
- The Phineas and Ferb episode "The Tri-Stone Area" has Perry as a saber-toothed platypus.
- The catsaurus and catdactyl on Bling-Bling's Island on Johnny Test.
- The "Terrible Thunderlizards" segment of Eek! The Cat often uses this. Like a porcupinosaurus, for example.
- In reality, many prehistoric animals seem like this. For example, ceratopsids (rhinosauruses), sauropods (giraffesauruses), pterosaurs (batsauruses), ichthyosaurs (dolphinsauruses), ornithomimids (ostrichsauruses), spinosaurids (crocodilesauruses), Dinofelis (saber-toothed leopard), etc. Subverted since they aren't ancestors of the similar modern-day creatures.
- Some prehistoric creatures are named this way (but the X part is almost always in another language), such as Nanuqsaurus (polar bear lizard) and ichthyosaurs (fish lizards). An interesting aversion is Struthiosaurus, which means "ostrich lizard" but looked like this◊.